Posts Tagged: government

What would you tell lawmakers about immigration?

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Immigrants await a naturalization ceremony to become U.S. citizens at the district office of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services on January 28, 2013 in Newark, New Jersey. Some 38,000 immigrants became U.S. citizens at the Newark office alone in 2012.  (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

A bipartisan group of U.S. senators has outlined an immigration policy overhaul that includes a path to citizenship. President Barack Obama has publicly praised the plan. Now we want to hear from you. If you had the ear of a senator, or even the president, what would you want to share about your own experience with America’s… Read more »

Stories: “Why I own a gun”

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Photo of David Hines, a gun owner from Louisville, Ky.

As with many issues, how we feel about guns often depends on our experiences with them. Here, some gun owners share the stories of the nuanced relationships they have with firearms.

Story feed: Veterans wait in line on disability claims

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Kyle Dubay, 28, is a retired U.S. Army combat medic. Since returning from three tours in Iraq, he's been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder, hearing loss and rheumatoid arthritis, which he developed after a bout of dysentery. (Photo by Brandon Quester | Special to PIN)

American troops are returning home from Iraq and Afghanistan only to wait in line, joining a growing queue of veterans seeking compensation — payments and other support — from the Department of Veterans Affairs for service-related disabilities.

Across the country, local VA offices are struggling to process the backlog of more than 800,000 disability benefits claims. It can take months — sometimes more than a year — for veterans to find out how much, if at all, they’ll be compensated for health issues related to their service.